Carter: Obama should do what I did with Russia

posted at 2:01 pm on March 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Could Barack Obama and the EU have prevented Russia from seizing Crimea? Not according to former President Jimmy Carter, who claimed to have faced down the Soviets with his own tough stand after their invasion of Afghanistan — including, according to Carter, a threat to launch nuclear weapons if they invaded anywhere else. Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea was a foregone conclusion after the revolution in Kyiv, Carter estimates, but said that Obama should follow his example to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine:

Former President Jimmy Carter said President Obama couldn’t have done anything to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from annexing Crimea.

“I think that was a foregone conclusion,” Carter said on MSNBC. “He was going to do it regardless of the consequences. I think now, that’s far enough.”

In comments Monday on “Morning Joe,” Carter compared Obama’s response to his own decisions at the White House in 1979, when he decided to boycott Moscow’s Summer Olympics after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

The United States and its European allies, Carter said, should take the same stand today as they did back then.

“I withdrew our ambassador, I put in place a grain embargo. I began to help the freedom fighters push out the Soviet troops and I warned Russia—the Soviet Union then—that if they went into a different country, we would respond militarily with all of the weapons we had at our disposal,” he said.

Over the weekend, Carter complained that Obama wasn’t seeking his input on foreign policy:

As it happens, I agree with Carter on the inevitability of Russia’s seizure of Crimea. The bases there were too valuable and the identity of the peninsula too Russia to ignore. Part of that inevitability, though, came from a perception of the West as being too weak to do much about it, with the lack of consequences over the 2008 seizure of South Ossetia and Abkhazia playing a large role in that context. The “reset button” Obama foreign policy started just a few months later, but the EU is just as responsible for the situation, if not more so. Unlike Carter, I don’t see a strong enough response from the West to dissuade Putin from seizing eastern Ukraine as well, nor do I think the West has made it very clear that Crimea is “far enough,” at least up to now.

Carter’s advice, meanwhile, is rather ironic. One reason that the Soviets felt enabled to invade Afghanistan was because of Carter’s own fecklessness about the nature of Soviet/Russian power. He chided Americans for their supposed paranoia of the Soviets and kissed Leonid Brezhnev’s cheek at the SALT II disarmament talks prior to the invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviets at that time controlled all of eastern Europe in an iron grip while Carter blithely dismissed their danger. If Obama isn’t calling Carter on the phone for advice on how to project strength, that’s one of the more hopeful signs we’ve seen from this administration.

Meanwhile, Russian ambassador Vitaliy Cherkin assures us that Vladimir Putin is not on a messianic mission to take over Ukraine:


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So he should consult his Daughters??

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Lose to a Republican and let him deal with it?

joekenha on March 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Crap. I thought he was dead.

Cicero43 on March 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

What’s that? Turn down the thermostat and don a sweater?

HumpBot Salvation on March 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The Olympics are over, dumbsh*t

metprof on March 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Didn’t Carter lose territory to a rabbit?

NotCoach on March 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

John McCain shrieking ‘bomb bomb, bomb bomb‘, John Kerry ‘ready for duty‘, Joe Biden running around somewhere in Europe with a shotgun, Hillary cackling on the sidelines, and now the Return Of The Peanut Farmer.
And now choosing between Carter and Obama?

sharrukin on March 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Just think Jimmy; if you were Black, you’d have gotten that second term. On the other hand, you won’t be labeled “the worst president” in the history books.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Carter’s advice, meanwhile, is rather ironic. One reason that the Soviets felt enabled to invade Afghanistan was because of Carter’s own fecklessness about the nature of Soviet/Russian power

OMG hotair just gave Carter credit for ending the cold war. So by default Carter is responsible for bringing down the USSSR. Afghanistan bankrupted them. So if Carter was not fickled they would not have invaded and we would still have the USSSR now. Talk about laws of unintented consequences. Thanks Hotair. I learned something new today. And thanks Carter for being fickle. The world owes you a debt of gratitude.

coolrepublica on March 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

If we really want to invite Ukraine to become part of Western institutions, then Putin better keep on choppin’. If the Russians took the southern and eastern provinces, we would be left with a far more stable Ukraine and a society that is genuinely pro-West. The question is if our leaders manage to cut a deal with Putin or push him back seriously enough at the right moment, otherwise Russia might swallow the entire Ukraine.

Valkyriepundit on March 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Krauthammer was on the Dennis Miller show the other day pretty much agreeing. He pointed out that he use to be a supporter of Carter and that Carter was a failure … except for his strong stance against Russia in Afghanistan.

Hmmm.

chris0christies0donut on March 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The Olympics are over, dumbsh*t

metprof on March 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

That won’t stop King Putt from considering a boycott -
“uh, we’re uh, the US that is, uh, is going to uh boycott the, uh, winter olympics, in, uh Moscow, Uh I mean Sochi, if uh Putin doesn’t uh, get out of Afghanistan, uh, I mean Criminia.”

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

by the time russia invaded afghanistan they had already taken over south/central american and africa thru proxies like cuba and puppet dictators. and carter just sat and watch

chasdal on March 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

…including, according to Carter, a threat to launch nuclear weapons if they invaded anywhere else

OMG, a threat to destroy the world? There was no option between do nothing and total destruction?

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yup, those long gas lines in the U.S. really showed those Ruskies we meant business!

What.

Fallon on March 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Afghanistan back to Russia

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Carter is seeking relevance, as the 2nd worst US president in history.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Regardless, he’s making noises now because he knows – HE KNOWS – he’s not the worst POTUS evah….

HomeoftheBrave on March 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

John McCain shrieking ‘bomb bomb, bomb bomb‘, John Kerry ‘ready for duty‘, Joe Biden running around somewhere in Europe with a shotgun, Hillary cackling on the sidelines, and now the Return Of The Peanut Farmer.
And now choosing between Carter and Obama?

sharrukin on March 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

So, I never heard – when Slo Joe was in Poland, did he ever get to go shopping at the Fulda Gap?
:)

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

So, I never heard – when Slo Joe was in Poland, did he ever get to go shopping at the Fulda Gap?
:)

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

He tried, but he just couldn’t find the darn place no matter how hard he looked.

sharrukin on March 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Lose to a Republican and let him deal with it?

joekenha on March 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Well, Carter DID lose to the greatest President of the 20th Century.

Probably his greatest accomplishment.

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Each time I see Carter I have a nearly overwhelming urge to smack that peanut-brained pontificating poltroon straight back to Plains with his own soiled Depends.

M240H on March 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I guess the Lust in his heart is gone….

ToddPA on March 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

kingsjester’s take

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Carter wants Obama to give Russia Afghanistan?

Alberta_Patriot on March 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

So, we’re hearing from senile old Presidents. We’ve heard from both Bill and Killary. The rat-eared wonder chimed in with some empty threats……….

Where in the hell is John Kerry?

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I learned how to hide under my school desk on his watch.

444 days.

Projection of power? Nil.

wolly4321 on March 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Name one free/freer nation, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare you!!!

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Each time I see Carter I have a nearly overwhelming urge to smack that peanut-brained pontificating poltroon straight back to Plains with his own soiled Depends.

M240H on March 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Nice alliteration!

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

obama’s brothers

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Carter is seeking relevance, as the 2nd worst US president in history.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Carter and the rat-eared wonder are going to be duking it out for the bottom spot the same way Mississippi and Louisiana are perpetually duking it out for who is 49th and who is 50th among the states.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Afghan president Hamid Karzai backs Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Referendum reflected people’s ‘free will’ to decide their future, says President Karzai

How many American lives lost and billions of dollars spent to help this POS country? Russia can have it as far as I’m concerned.

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Well, if Obama should do what Carter did, I guess we could retroactively pull our athletes out of the Sochi Olympics. I’m trying to remember what else Carter did in response to the Afghanistan invasion, but I can’t think of anything.

ajb3 on March 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Foolish Carter avoid e-mail, sends letters to other (former) heads of state via snail-mail…and believes that mail is not tracked by NSA :)

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Carter and the rat-eared wonder are going to be duking it out for the bottom spot the same way Mississippi and Louisiana are perpetually duking it out for who is 49th and who is 50th among the states.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

As with the NFL and records set over 14 game seasons vs 16 game seasons, I’m sure there will be much debate over how much of an advantage King Putt had with an extra 4 years to do his damage…..

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

avoid=avoids

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Takes a fool to know a fool….

Swedish Patriot on March 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Not_so_Cold War Part 2 coming soon.

rightConcept on March 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Carter is seeking relevance, as the 2nd worst US president in history.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Wellll, he held the #1 position for a long time – that’s got to be hard on a guy’s ego…..

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

So you were willing to start WWIII over some goatf**kers but when Iran committed a real act of war against the US, the best you could come up with was a couple of helicopters sent in during a sandstorm? You’re a genius, Jimmah.

Occams Stubble on March 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Not_so_Cold War Part 2 coming soon.

rightConcept on March 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

King Putt’s Luke Warm War?
I wouldn’t expect it to get too warm – what with King Putt’s flexibility and all – I don’t expect him to make any serious moves against Putin.

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

So you were willing to start WWIII over some goatf**kers but when Iran committed a real act of war against the US, the best you could come up with was a couple of helicopters sent in during a sandstorm? You’re a genius, Jimmah.

Occams Stubble on March 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Indeed. Well said.

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

So now we see the progressives’ attempt to rehabilitate Jimmy Earl.

His policies were so effective that the Russians pulled out of Afghanistan a decade after he left office after suffering over 14,000 “unrecoverable” KIA/MIA casualties. That Olympic boycott must have really hurt.

And he threatened to nuke something if they invaded anywhere else. Considering that he had cancelled practically every nuclear delivery system in the pipeline and was busy dismantling what we already had, I’m sure Brezhnev responded, “With what, exactly?”

On second thought, he probably threatened to nuke Reagan’s ranch.

As for The One not calling The Peanut up for advice, he doesn’t need to. He’s had Jimmy Earl living rent-free in his head since childhood.

You don’t need to “call somebody up” when they’re one of the little voices in your head to begin with.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

What a frickin IDIOT.

So let me get this straight, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and has taken it over with the loss of what, 5 peoples lives, and now Jimmah thinks we should threaten nuclear war.

He was a failure as president, he’s been a failure as a peace worker and now he’s just obviously lost his marbles. What a legacy.

KMC1 on March 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Carter’s greatest accomplishment was the invention of botox. Where’s Kerry? He’s sitting down with the PLO and Hamas trying to figger out how to destroy Israel without getting his hands dirty.

vnvet on March 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

With that i mean, it is right, that Fool- in- chief Carter could not prevent Brezhnev et consortes to take over Afghanistan, because of being too trusting of Old Leonid. It is also right that
Fool- in – chief Obama could not prevent Old Vlad take over Crimea,
because of Barry´s misguided belief that the Big V would play ball
according to Western game rules.

The Past is Prologue.

Swedish Patriot on March 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

according to Carter, a threat to launch nuclear weapons if they invaded anywhere else

…Amy could not be reached for comment!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

At least Carter learned in three years what the Soviets were really all about. Then he grew something akin to a backbone and tried to make a stand.

In six years, Obama still does not have a clue.

GoodAg77 on March 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Risible…Carter said to Andrea Mitchell that “obama doesn’t call me, because my political group promotes equivalence of Israel with the Palis”…paraphrased.

Heh, obama considers the Palis superior, not equal, dummy.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Fool- in – chief Obama could not prevent Old Vlad take over Crimea,
because of Barry´s misguided belief that the Big V would play ball
according to Western game rules.

The Past is Prologue.

Swedish Patriot on March 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Saw a season 2 episode of Game of Thrones last night – where 2 knights battled in the dwarf’s “trial by combat”. The knight who fought for the dwarf won, and was told “you did not fight honorably” – to which he responded – “no, but he did” (nodding toward the hole where the body of the other guy had just fallen).

King Putt doesn’t exactly fight honorably either, but he’s not even close to Putin’s level in that regard.

dentarthurdent on March 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The Past is Prologue.

Swedish Patriot on March 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

True, but the propaganda machine, the press, is not letting this secret out of the bag.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Over the weekend, Carter complained that Obama wasn’t seeking his input on foreign policy

The biggest takeaway from the article pour moi. If this were referring to any CIC other than O’Butthead, everyone would be laughing his head off, but since it is O’Butthead, who has shown himself to be worse than Jimmah in every way imaginable, the quote has a fleeting bit of wistful relevance.

lulz

MisterElephant on March 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Just have John Kerry toss all the Olympic medals over the White House Kremlin’s fence!

anuts on March 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

This poll is probably as legitimate as the plebiscite they had in Crimea.

Welsh founder inspires Ukrainian city Donetsk to vote on becoming British

Donestk was founded in the 19th century by John Hughes, a Merthyr Tydfil steel worker who had landed a contract from the Tsarist government to provide steel plating for the navy.

Now residents of the city have responded to pro-Russian protests for autonomy from Kiev with an internet vote that rejects Russia’s claims in favour of a turn to the Queen and London.

A total of 7,000 people had voted by Sunday with 61 per cent voting to secede to Britain and a further 16 per cent voting to make the city an English-speaking autonomous region inside Ukraine.

agmartin on March 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Good grief Ed, is this the best former president having some kind of foreign policy you could report on.

lel2007 on March 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Jimmy Carter is a senile old F*rt.

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Didn’t Carter lose territory to a rabbit?

NotCoach on March 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

HA!

A dangerous swamp rabbit…

photos at the link

http://www.narsil.org/index/peopl/jimmycarter/killerrabbit

workingclass artist on March 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Well, thanks Mr. Peanut,

How do you feel about virtually creating Osama bin-Laden with your “Smaht Powah”?

Do America and the world a favor and die, like yesterday.

I’d like to think this clown is going senile, but I lived through his interminable term, and he was always this stupid and crazy. As much as I think O should be ranked as worst, due to his obvious disdain for America, I still vomit in my mouth anytime I see JC.

Can’t we just call a tie for worst, and move along?

ZeusGoose on March 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Well, at least now we know the true origin of the obamalinsky’s “leading from behind” foreign policy.

tanked59 on March 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Good grief Ed, is this the best former president having some kind of foreign policy you could report on.

lel2007 on March 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Unless I am mistaken, part of the point of this article is pointing out that Barry’s stupidity has made Carter look good.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Afghanistan bankrupted them.

That isn’t what bankrupted the Soviet Union. Maybe you were being facetious.

rlwo2008 on March 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Jimmy Cater giving advice yeah that will end well Obama has followed it with worse results.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I am in the middle of reading this book which was written in 1987:

Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus’ Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption

by Ion Mihai Pacepa

A former chief of Romania’s foreign intelligence service reveals the extraordinary corruption of the Nicolae Ceausescu government of Romania, its brutal machinery of oppression, and its Machiavellian relationship with the West. An in side story of how Communist Party leaders really live.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Horizons-Ceausescus-Lifestyle-Corruption/dp/0895267462/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395690839&sr=8-1&keywords=Red+Horizons

If you want an enlightening view of how Romanian Intelligence Officers in addition to other Soviet Intelligence Agencies successfully manipulated and continually laughed at former President Carter, pick up a copy of this excellent book.

I hope President Carter reads this book too. He might learn something about working with Communists.

I can only imagine how hard Communists around the world are laughing at President Obama now.

wren on March 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Didn’t Carter lose territory to a rabbit?

NotCoach on March 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM

A swamp rabbit.

Ward Cleaver on March 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

wren on March 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Sounds good, feel free to share the good parts with us.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Well, if Obama should do what Carter did, I guess we could retroactively pull our athletes out of the Sochi Olympics. I’m trying to remember what else Carter did in response to the Afghanistan invasion, but I can’t think of anything.

ajb3 on March 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Yeah, that was pretty much it.

Ward Cleaver on March 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

that a boi Jimmuh…. lob some nukes if they go into Ukraine… so they can lob some at chicago… New York….Los Angeles… etal….. lets destroy ourselves ….. what’s da hold up

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

including, according to Carter, a threat to launch nuclear weapons if they invaded anywhere else.

I am sorry…but…WTF!!!!!!!

So if the Soviets invaded, I don’t know…North Korea, he would have been down for Armageddon?

LOL…considering his love for North Korea maybe I should not ask this question.

William Eaton on March 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

But, Jimmy obama is not as competent as you were – not by a long shot!

Compared to Obama you are a GREAT President!

Obamatrix on March 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM